Exploring Seogwipo, Jeju Island: Cheonjeyeon Falls and Nearby Sites

Exploring Seogwipo, Jeju Island: Cheonjeyeon Falls and Nearby Sites

Jeju Island has so much to offer in terms of sites to see and adventures to pursue. In one summer afternoon, we managed to squeeze in multiple sites and activities such as Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls. Not to be confused with CheonJIyeon Waterfalls (equally amazing, but completely different), Cheonjeyeon, aka “the pond of God,” is a main […]

Trinkets, Murals, Souvenirs: Korean Tings in Insadong

Trinkets, Murals, Souvenirs: Korean Tings in Insadong

I love how many Asian cities with deep histories are mapped out: turn left and you’ll see skyscrapers; turn right, and an ancient palace comes into view. In a city like Seoul, which is super modern and densely populated, it’s nice to see cultural areas preserved and celebrated. One neighborhood rich in cultural activities is Insadong, […]

Korean Hanbok in Insadong, Seoul

Korean Hanbok in Insadong, Seoul

Even though I lived in Seoul for a year, I never got to cross “wear hanbok” off my Korea bucket list, so when my mom came to visit earlier this year, we had a fun day of dress up in Insadong, a neighborhood in Seoul. The traditional form of dress in Korea is called hanbok. […]

Water Bikes at Soesokkak Estuary in Jeju Island

Water Bikes at Soesokkak Estuary in Jeju Island

This post is a continuation of our trip to Jeju earlier this year, which also includes itinerary ideas for anyone planning a trip to Jeju Island! Jeju is a great destination, especially if you live in Korea. It’s cheap to get there, the weather is great, and there’s an activity for everyone: from the lazy […]

Busan Lotus Lantern Festival, Gwangali Beach, and Jazz Clubs

Busan Lotus Lantern Festival, Gwangali Beach, and Jazz Clubs

Each year, the southern coastal city of Busan holds a Lotus Lantern Festival to celebrate Buddha’s birthday in Korea. Thousands of lanterns in all shapes and sizes are on display throughout historical sites in the city, including a lantern parade. Eric and I had a long weekend in May. We decided to spend it at the […]

Visiting Jeju: Itinerary Ideas & Vlog (for our anniversarymoon!)

Waaaay back in early June, Eric and I visited Jeju Island, the Hawai’i of Korea, to celebrate our one year anniversary (aka, our anniversarymoon). I can’t say if the island lived up to its name because I’ve never visited Hawai’i ㅠㅠ but I can tell you that despite being smaller than the state of Rhode Island, it […]

Future Teacher in Korea? Pack These Classroom Essentials

Your documents have been submitted, your offer letter has been signed, and your plane ticket has been bought. Congrats on landing a teaching job in Korea! Now the only thing left to do is pack. There are tons of resources with great suggestions and tips on packing for Korea, but before you set about making solemn, […]

LIFE UPDATE #1: Settling In and Learning the Ropes

LIFE UPDATE #1: Settling In and Learning the Ropes

Hey fam (and new friends)! Eric and I have now been in Korea for three weeks, and are finally getting the hang of things. Our school, called CBFLIS (Chungcheongbuk-do Foreign Language Institute for Students…say that 5 times fast) is so unique and so different from the typical public school in Korea. For one, we get to […]

Art in South Korea: Seoul Trick Eye Museum (with Discount Coupons!)

Art in South Korea: Seoul Trick Eye Museum (with Discount Coupons!)

Korea has so many captivating, historical landmarks outdoors, from palaces to temples to the world’s oldest bridge. During the spring and summer, enjoying these attractions is a piece of cake. In the winter, though? Unless you enjoy bone-chilling winds that make your eyes water and slippery, non-salted sidewalks (and I know there are a few […]